We watched Black Swan the other night.
This film was nominated for 5 Academy Awards, and won 62 other awards.
Are you kidding me?
Yes, the cinematography was good. Yes, Natalie Portman was very good. And yes, I like all 5 stars: Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, Mila Kunis, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder.
Even so, holy crap is this film overrated. We weren’t more than 10 minutes into it before one of us asked if we should turn it off.
The plot is one-dimensional: obsessed artist becomes more obsessed. The portrayal is scattershot: volatile, clipped, scenes that leave the viewer guessing what is real and what is not. But it isn’t clear why I should care? It isn’t because the protagonist is appealing. It isn’t because the story line is attractive. And am I really supposed to think the show won’t go on?
I like Natalie Portman a lot. But, let’s face it: she got a Best Actress because 1) she’s deserved one for a while, 2) she learned to dance for the role, 3) the role is about a crazy person, 4) she takes her clothes off, and 5) she simulates orgasm.
I haven’t paid attention, but I sure hope South Park, Family Guy, or The Simpsons has done a parody of this.